Pipeline Publishing, Volume 7, Issue 5
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Wireless for Developing Markets
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Our Preview of AfricaCom
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By Matthew Clark and John Wilson

Under the theme “Driving the Next Stage of Growth in African Telecoms”, the 13th annual AfricaCom could be the continent’s largest-yet Pan-African telecommunications. Last year’s AfricaCom attracted over 3,500 attendees and this year’s attendance is predicted to be over 4,000. Taking place in Cape Town, South Africa on November 10th and 11th; the program features over 40 hours of strategic keynotes, interactive panel discussions, roundtables, breakfast briefings and special focus sessions. The conference has offerings for OSS/ BSS sector, including all-day, multi- session focus areas in “Mobile Money” on Wednesday as well as “Value- Added Services” and “Marketing, Pricing and Loyalty” on Thursday. Pipeline interviewed Julie Rey, Research

The program features over 40 hours of events.


What are some important events for those on the OSS/BSS side of the telecom industry, and who are some of the main OSS/BSS vendors that are attending?

Director at Informa Telecoms & Media (the producers of AfricaCom), to get an inside preview of the major topics and events at this year’s AfricaCom:


What are some of the big events happening in AfricaCom 2010 that attendees don't want to miss out on?

Julie Rey:

“This year the event is bigger than ever with eight special focus sessions in the conference, four keynotes covering strategic issues, a separate two-day conference dedicated to Capacity & Wholesale, a pre-event seminar on fiber and a breakfast briefing. There is something for everyone, as the sessions are targeted to different needs and job titles. However I would say the 'must-see' sessions will be the keynotes, where senior representatives of operator groups (MTN, Vodacom, Orange and more) will share their strategies for Africa in the year to come.”


“People involved in the OSS/BSS side of the industry will be interested in the sessions on operational efficiency ("Efficiency & ROI Strategies" on day one) and on customer management ("Marketing, Pricing & Loyalty" on day two). They will also have plenty of opportunities to meet suppliers and discuss the latest solutions with them. Among the companies represented at the event are: Agilent, Amdocs, Astellia, Celtro, Cerillion, Convergys, Intec, Intracom, Opera Software, Redknee, Sitronics, Subex, Tecnotree, We Do, VAS-X, as well as major vendors such as Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson, Comviva and Huawei.”


What technological changes have taken place in Africa, and developing markets in general, that make this event so important right now? Where do you perceive the biggest places for market growth to be?

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